Senior Director of Study Abroad
As Senior Director of Study Abroad programs, Brian Wiehr oversees strategic development and new program design for YFU’s outbound high school programs. In this role, he leads outreach initiatives with schools and educational organizations, and manages a team focused on student recruitment, admissions, and scholarship selections. Wiehr began his career at YFU as an Admissions Counselor in 2007, and later went on to teach English in Japan with the JET Program, write curriculum for WorldTeach, and manage an international exchange program for STEM and legal professionals at a D.C. intellectual property law firm. Wiehr got his first taste of international exchange in high school when his family hosted a German exchange student through a sister-school program. The following summer, Wiehr became the first person in his family to get a passport and traveled to Munich, spending the summer living and going to school with his host brother’s family. Inspired by that experience, Wiehr studied abroad as an undergraduate for a semester in Salzburg, Austria, and has since traveled to nearly 20 other countries.
Wiehr holds a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from St. Norbert College. His graduate research focused on K-12 global education initiatives and policies at the school district, state, and federal levels, and bilingual education, including meeting with education policy makers on a research trip to Morocco. He is a Board Member of Young Professionals in International Education (yPIE-DC) and volunteers as an ESL teacher in D.C. Wiehr is passionate about global education and citizen diplomacy, and is dedicated to ensuring that young people around the world have opportunities for experiential learning and cross-cultural exchange regardless of their economic background.